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20 minutes ago, membengal said:

 I think that is pretty much the news from today.  No reporters on site tomorrow or Thursday, is my understanding,  would guess the next day of a lot of pics etc will be next Tuesday when reporters are back.


Thanks a ton mem, awesome to see all the highlights in one place, in one thread. That's the great thing about this board. :icon15:

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3 hours ago, membengal said:

 

 

They better have perfect attendance. Burrow rebuilt his knee in 6 months to be out there. 

 

If anyone skips these OTAs, cut their ass. 

 

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2 hours ago, membengal said:

 

 

I wouldn't risk it in the Pre Season personally, as they are meaningless games (glorified practices to boost team revenue). If they wanted to send him out there for one series to hand off twice and throw one quick immediate pass just to knock off jitters fine, but if he gets injured because some overly eager 2nd string DE falls into him while trying to make their team, my psyche won't recover. 

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2 hours ago, membengal said:

 

 

Exactly. No defender should even be within 12 feet of him (call it the double Rona). They should even hire some guy whose sole job is walking around Burrow and making sure that there is nothing to trip over. 

 

The first defensive player that accidentally makes contact with Burrow will not only be released, but I fear for their safety in the city.

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3 hours ago, saphead said:

These JB porn vids really need to be flagged NSFW.  Thanks in advance. 

 

Parts of my body are erect that I didn't even know could be ... #NotSorry

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4 hours ago, membengal said:

 

 

Should cut Michael Jordan too, so Joe doesn't have any flashbacks by just looking at his pathetic falling down technique. 

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3 hours ago, membengal said:

 

 

All the balls come out with more zip for sure. You can tell that working on his core and hips in rehab has made his throwing better. He's about to be the bionic assassin, and the NFL will wish they never injured him.

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I'm old enough to remember when some one tried to troll me three weeks ago for saying the "Burrow effect is real". Strange.

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1 hour ago, Sox said:

I'm old enough to remember when some one tried to troll me three weeks ago for saying the "Burrow effect is real". Strange.

 

Positivity baaaaad

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Thanks to all who posted.  Working from home and was able to pop in here every once in awhile to keep

up.  Great jobs and I really appreciate it.

 

I esp like the Lindsey Patterson ones.  Sometimes I even get beyond the avatar and read them.

Maria Compasomething has a nice set of lungs, too.  Look great IRL at the stadium.

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10 hours ago, mhfinks said:

Sounds like a good day 1! Thx for putting all this together looking forward to Wednesday updates! 

There won't be as much today (if any) because no media on site for rest of week. Next Tuesday media returns. Probably won't be anything unless team site pushes something out. 

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11 hours ago, Sox said:

I'm old enough to remember when some one tried to troll me three weeks ago for saying the "Burrow effect is real". Strange.

Oh, it is definitely real


 

 

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20 hours ago, membengal said:

 


Such an amazing turnout, I think these guys really want to win, they WANT to turn this franchise around

 

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1 hour ago, Griever said:

Oh, it is definitely real


 

 

 

Winning is the best cologne, if they win free agents will come. Just like Green Bay, Farve showed he could win and free agents got on board.

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The battle to be the Bengals’ punt returner could very well earn someone a roster spot.
By PatrickJudis@PatrickJudis May 26, 2021, 7:00am EDT 


The Cincinnati Bengals opted to go in a different direction when they allowed Alex Erickson to walk this offseason. He had been the team’s punt returner since he made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

The leader to replace him in all likelihood is Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips, who was a fantastic returner in college. However, Phillips has struggled to stay healthy, and he is only under contract for one more season. Cincinnati also did a pretty good job of grabbing some interesting names to possibly push Phillips for the job.

Two of the more dynamic options have the downside of never really returning punts in games before. Undrafted Kansas running back Pooka Williams made a name for himself by consistently making defenders miss in the open field. He also possesses incredible agility, which gives him one of the sickest juke/stutter moves you will ever see. He also has that homerun speed to take a kick to the house that was severely lacking with Erickson.

Next up is Chris Evans, the Bengals sixth round running back out of Michigan, who fielded one punt in college. He is FAST. There is no doubt that if he has a lane on a return that he will definitely be making a house call.

That isn’t to say he doesn’t have the ability to break a few tackles as well. He may not leave defenders grasping for air, but Evans knows when to change directions. He also has a little more power than Williams as shown off with his stiff arm and ability to run through some arm tackles.

Bengals undrafted wide receiver out of Northwestern, Riley Lees, has drawn direct comparisons to Erickson himself. He caught 53 punts in college, which makes him one of the more experienced players there early in rookie minicamp. Reliable is probably one of the best ways to describe Lees as a returner. He may not have the upside of his fellow rookies, but you don’t have to worry about him missing punts.

Finally, there is Trent Taylor who is a veteran wide receiver the Bengals signed after he tried out for the team. He had a promising start to his career with the 49ers, but injuries derailed his career there. Ironically enough, he has also drawn comparisons to Erickson as a returner and shifty slot receiver. He is a guy who has done this job in the NFL, which gives him an extra leg up on the rookies.

Cincinnati’s head coach seems pleased with the direction of the competition.

“It was impressive,” Zac Taylor told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “Four guys catching a lot of punts, no balls on the ground really until the end when we made them carry multiple balls and juggle and the things it’s fun to sit there and watch and not actually do.

“But I was impressed. All four of those guys did a nice job. We need some competition at that position with Alex leaving. That’s something you’ll see battling all through the offseason and training camp and finding a guy that can do that.”

All four of these players seem to be fighting for spots on the 53-man roster, and one of the easiest ways there is to also have value on special teams. If one of these guys starts to pull away during training camp or the preseason it could give them an edge when the tough decisions are made on who to actually roster.
 

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